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This unassuming Japanese restaurant serves some of the best traditional dishes in Vancouver. The sushi is the highlight of the place with melt in your mouth sashimi, nigiri and specialty rolls on offer. Other delicacies on offer range from okonomiyaki (Japanese style pancake) to local Sake from Granville Island. Dimly lit and on the smaller side, Kishimoto Japanese Kitchen is perfect for a few friends or an intimate dinner date.
Guu with Garlic is located in the city's West End, and it serves inexpensive home-style Japanese food. The emphasis is on seafood and fried dishes; the menu features roast squid tentacles with Japanese mayo, deep-fried squid balls, and whole roast mackerel covered with fried garlic chips. The atmosphere inside is loud and boisterous, as waiters shout their orders and greetings across the restaurant. All in all a casual joint with great food.
Formerly the Tapastree restaurant, Tavola is among the most popular Italian dining options in the city. This West End gem celebrates Italian traditions and customs by preparing large, family-style portions of house-made pastas and sauces, freshly made mozzarella, roast chicken and serving them at large communal tables. The sophisticated and elegant interiors coupled with the delicious variety of authentic Italian preparations makes it a perfect choice for a romantic date, a business meet or a private celebration.
A refined and comfortable ambiance greets diners at Minami Restaurant. The decor has artistic motifs like Japanese murals on the walls and whimsical imagery throughout. The food reflects the same sensibility with innovative contemporary options. Some of the dishes to try out here are Kaisen Soba Pepperoncino, Spicy Pork and Local Oyster with Yuzu Sparkling Sake Foam. The private dining rooms and the patio are also excellently adorned to cater to varied sensibilities. Check website for more details.
A brainchild of Chef Nico Schuermans, Medina is a perky cafe located in Crosstown. Having studied at CREPAC School of Culinary Arts in Belgium, Chef Schuermans brings his skills to good use and adds a Belgian flair to his preparations. The decor here is pretty simple, yet it has a stylish ambiance with bright bulbs hanging from the ceiling and neatly lined tables. The menu here has delectable treats, with popular dishes like waffles and specialties like Les Boulettes, La Tartine and Roti de Boeuf, marinated beef balsamic style. The restaurant is a must-try for anyone looking for a change from the usual western flavors offered around the city. Unfortunately, the restaurant doesn't take reservations. Call ahead for more information.
Making a sandwich is more than just slapping a slab of meat between the bread. It's an art and Meat & Bread seemed to have mastered it. Their menu features scrumptious sandwich choices like porchetta, grilled-cheese and meatball, among others. There are tasty sides like soups and salads too and you can have their lip-smacking bacon maple ice-cream sandwich for dessert. In case you want to accompany your sandwich with a drink or two, they even have beer, wine and ciders. The Porchetta here is famous around town, so that's a must-try!
Many decades ago, a large bartender named Joe Fortes became the first lifeguard at Vancouver's English Bay. Now this attractive seafood and chop house that bears his name is one of the top dining spots. Oysters are the specialty (the fresh shucked and pan-roasted varieties) at the upscale haunt. The dozen or so fresh fish entrees are also popular, with cedar-plank salmon topping the daily list. The wine list is award-winning. Reservations are recommended as this place is quite bustling everyday.
CinCin Ristorante & Bar emanates an old world charm which is absent in many fine dining restaurants today. A spiral staircase gives way to the main area where people dine at leisure, and the terrace is the perfect place to enjoy a private meal. The ambiance is wonderful and the scene is set to impress that perfect someone. The scrumptious Italian cuisine and scintillating wines make the restaurant a regular haunt for those who are romantic at heart.
The art of the cocktail is alive and well at Pourhouse in historic Gastown. Like the neighborhood itself, this restaurant-bar mixes the old with the new. Antiques are combined with custom-designed bar of white spruce, giving the room an eclectic yet cozy ambiance. The bartenders shake it up with all of the classics as well as cocktails with a twist. Pourhouse also offers a full menu of comfort food like carpetbag steak and beef short ribs with browned sweet potato. A full brunch menu is also available, as well as the chef's table, with advanced reservation.
This Guu at Thurlow Street originally started in 1993 and also happens to be the first in the chain of Guu Izakaya restaurants in Vancouver. It is famous for its authentic Japanese dishes and also Guuu'd Ale. Guu retains its classic warm ambiance that makes for a perfect dining experience with friends and family.
One of the local favorites, Suika is a Japanese izakaya restaurant on West Broadway. It serves modern Japanese cuisine which has become a popular taste among locals in the neighborhood. The plush interiors, complete with a bar and cozy seats, is perfect for a late night dinner with friends or family. The menu features dishes such as Beef Tendon Curry, Miso-Ramen, Chinese Poutine, Grilled Fish Set, Yellowtail Sashimi and The Hellz Chicken. The food is complemented by a selection of Japanese vodkas and sake like Zuiyo and Ginkara.
When it comes to comfort food in Vancouver, look no further than Vera's Burger Shack. On the menu are classic Basic Burgers such as The Vera Burger and even The Organic Burger or try a specialty such as The Pawer Burger with a fried egg in the middle or The Doug Special with features a double patty, fried onions and chili. Kiddies come by just as often to sample specials on their menu and Vera's also offers quality hotdogs. So the next time you're looking for something classic and good to bite into, try Vera's!